Giuseppe Cades (Dec 8, 1750 – Dec 8, 1799) was an Italian sculptor, painter, and engraver.
Cades was born in Rome. He studied under Mancini and Domenico Corvi, gaining a prize in 1765 with his picture of Tobias recovering his Sight. He visited Florence in 1766, and two years later executed an altar-piece for San Benedetto in Turin and in 1771 another for the church of Santi Apostoli. He also decorated the Palazzo Chigi with frescoes, landscapes, and scenes from Tasso. He has left two etchings, Christ blessing Little Children and The Death of Leonardo da Vinci. He joined the Accademia di San Luca of Rome in 1786. He died in Rome.
Giuseppe Cades trained at Rome’s Accademia di San Luca but left in 1766 when his master came to resent his excessive independence. When he received his first important commissions in the early 1770s, he employed a late Baroque classicist style inspired by Carlo Maratta. Around 1774, through his association with Johann Heinrich Fuseli’s circle, he began adopting influences from Mannerist and Renaissance painting, as well as the antique.
Cades widened his range of subjects, which eventually included Greek and Roman literature, religious history, and Italian Renaissance literature. Although he remained in Rome throughout his career, He further expanded his artistic education by touring northern Italy. He worked on many decorative projects for Roman palazzi and villas and made easel paintings for churches and private patrons.
In the 1780s, as his reputation grew, Cades became a fellow at the Accademia di San Luca, and his clients included Catherine the Great of Russia.